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Coping with a disaster

Children, teens, and adults of any age may experience signs of post-trauma after a disaster. First responders and volunteers may also experience distress. Everyone is different and everyone reacts in different ways. Among many other possible reactions, some common reactions to a disaster are irritability, insomnia, nausea, headaches, hyper-alertness, and lack of concentration. It can take a long time to recover emotionally from a disaster. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Talk with someone about your feelings and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The following are resources that can help you cope with a disaster:​

​​​24-hour crisis support line 403-266-4357                  ​​ ​​The Distress Centre offers a 24-hour crisis support line. No issue is too small! Calls are confidential and lines are answered by highly trained volunteers with the support of professional staff.
​Alberta Health Services Mobile Response Team ​The Mobile Response Team is a team of trained professionals who work with people in crisis. If you need to talk to someone directly, they may be able to visit you in person. They are available daily from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. Call the 24-hour Distress Centre line at 403-266-4357 to reach the Mobile Response Team.
​​211 2-1-1 ​Phone 2-1-1 for information about the community, social and government services that can meet your needs.
​​Calgary Family Services 403-269-9888 Calgary Family Services offers supportive counselling for all families.
Wood's Homes ​403-299-9699 ​The Community Resource Team works with families and children in crisis and will provide services in person and over the phone.
​​Free walk-in counselling ​403-299-9699 Eastside Counselling provides free walk-in counselling at 255 495 36 St. N.E. (in Northgate Mall).​
Older Adult Services ​403-705-0593

Carya provides counselling for older adults and connections to older adult services.